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Obama and Harry Reid EPIC FAIL

The only reason we are talking about a government shutdown is that the US Senate FAILED to do its job. Last year the House of Representatives passed all the appropriation bills. The senate has failed to do so. With an overwhelming majority, Harry Reid was unable to complete the simple task of passing the appropriation bills. They should have been passed by June 30. At least they should have been passed by October 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. We are now running on continuing resolutions. Read more about Obama and Harry Reid EPIC FAIL

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Bogus budget talking point in progress

Michelle Kraus

Obama is being forced to rip open the social fabric of this country to reduce the Bush generated debts.

As we know at Corrente, the US has a fiat currency and can never go broke. Obama does not have to make any cuts at all. Read more about Bogus budget talking point in progress

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Suicide in the United States


October 21, 2008

Largest Increase Seen in Middle-Aged White Women

(September 3, 2009: Correction made to second paragraph, replaces suffocation for poisoning.)

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You can't help those who won't help themselves

So once again PBS is fighting for its political life. Boo hoo.

For decades both National Public Radio, the NewsHour, Charlie Rose, Washington Week, and the rest of PBS public affairs programming has acted as meme laundries for right wing stink tanks.

They recycled every false charge against the Clintons, sneered at counting the votes in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, and have generally boosted the right at every opportunity. And now they are reaping the harvest. Read more about You can't help those who won't help themselves

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The faith based industrial complex

This article in the Washington City Paper makes clear why the faith based initiative is so popular and why it will be so difficult to dislodge. Read more about The faith based industrial complex

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Murdoch and his fellow plutocrats

Harold Meyerson

Amid the recent hubbub over the violent and paranoid rhetoric that stems from much of the American right, one name has been conspicuously absent. We've heard a great deal about Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly - the usual suspects. We've heard very little about the man who employs many of them for his financial and political gain: Rupert Murdoch.

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Achieving emergent party viability

In my limited experience, emergent parties lack what I call the discipline of winning. Their members are usually well informed on issues, but lack the knowledge of nuts and bolts get-out-the-vote operations. So here is my list of things that every local emergent party committee should have in order to win, if not this year, then by 2016.

Every local committee must have a chair, which they already do. This chair must be able to recruit and delegate. Read more about Achieving emergent party viability

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Marie Antoinette speaks out about worker pay and benefits


Via the Sideshow:

How they really think about you:

At the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday, Larry Summers, former head of the White House National Economic Council, endorsed Barack Obama's stimulus spending.

"The highest priority has to attach to establishing strong and significant growth," said Summers....

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Big day for Aetna parasites
Aetna board of directors at work

Via Susie: Aetna announces big dividend, profit jumps 30 pct

The Hartford, Conn., company also said its fourth-quarter net income rose 30 percent due in part to better pricing and a slowdown in health care use that also has helped its competitors in the last few months of 2010.

Denial of care business model is succeeding, Yay! Read more about Big day for Aetna parasites

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Stock dumper Dimon

Jamie Dimon hard at work

Atrios linked to this fine post by Krugman which links to the Reuters story about how Dimon's feelings have been hurt by all the anti-bankster criticism. Read more about Stock dumper Dimon

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Help Wanted: Emergent Party Bundlers

After campaign finance reform passed in 1975, limiting contributions, a new breed of fundraiser emerged, the bundler. Bundlers contact numerous contributors and put together large pools of money. If you know 1,000 people who are able to donate $1,000, you can raise a million dollars. If those thosand people know other donors, you can put together a very powerful money raising network. People who assemble such networks flex some very powerful muscles.

They are not interested in emergent party candidates who will get 1% of the vote if they are lucky.


Except when they get sick of the cynicism, and sick of the never ending calls for ever more contributions. Some of these people needs to go over to the emergent party cause. Read more about Help Wanted: Emergent Party Bundlers


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